On deck: Texas Rangers at Astros
When/where: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 p.m., Sunday at 1:10 p.m.; Minute Maid Park.
TV/radio: ATTSW and FSSW; 790 AM, 740 AM (Thursday, Saturday and, if Rockets don’t play, Sunday), 101.7 FM (Spanish) and 850 AM (Spanish, Thursday, Saturday and, if Rockets don’t play, Sunday).
Pitchers: Thursday, LHP Wade Miley (2-2, 3.20) vs. LHP Mike Minor (3-2, 2.40); Friday, RHP Justin Verlander (5-1, 2.86) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (4-2, 5.75); Saturday, RHP Gerrit Cole (3-4, 4.17) vs. TBD; Sunday, RHP Collin McHugh (3-4, 6.37) vs. TBD.
Astros (22-15) update: George Springer’s home run in Wednesday’s 9-0 win over the Royals was the 133rd of his career, tying him with Carlos Lee for 10th in franchise history. With his next homer, Springer will tie Richard Hidalgo for ninth. … Wednesday’s sacrifice fly gave Alex Bregman 11 RBIs in his last six games. … In his 12 home games this year, catcher Robinson Chirinos is hitting .333 (11-for-33) with three homers and 10 RBIs. … In 30 1/3 innings between them this season, closer Roberto Osuna and setup man Ryan Pressly have yet to allow a walk.
Rangers (17-17) update: Texas is 4-2 against the Astros this year, having taken two of three games in each of their first two series. … With a .344/.411/.656 slash line, Hunter Pence is enjoying a career renaissance. He hit a game-tying pinch-hit grand slam in Wednesday’s 9-6 win over the Pirates after going 3-for-3 with a homer, a walk and four RBIs the night before. … Joey Gallo hit his 100th career home run on Wednesday in his 377th game, making him the fastest player to 100 homers in American League history. He also became the first player in major league history to hit 100 home runs before reaching 100 singles (he has 93). … Although the Rangers’ 5.18 ERA ranks 28th in the majors, Minor’s 2.40 puts him ninth individually, and he’s 10th in WHIP (0.95).